Yes, she looks different now compared to the time she was known as Lizzy Grant. But what I see analyzing the before and after Lizzie Grant/Lana Del Rey pictures is more the result of a complete makeover than anything else.
In another interview, this time for T magazine, she added this about her lips: "They're real lips, I mean. In real life my lips don't look that big. I think because I cartoonized the footage of myself in the video for "Video Games" things look exaggerated.” Unfortunately she did not convince a lot of people and there is still a lot of gossip regarding the possible lip implants.
I don’t find that to be the big deal that everyone is making it to be, I mean, who cares if she had her lips done or not, she looks and sounds great and that it’s the most important thing.
Performing live is not Lana Del Rey’s strong point; she seems to crumble under the pressure sometimes which leads to some poor performances mixed in with great ones. These inconsistencies can actually be explained otherwise as well: her recorded songs employ vocal multi-layering, double tracking and overlays that are hard to replicate live without backing singers or perfect conditions to create the mood.
Another track that got a lot of attention is Cola where Lana made a very personal comment with the opening line being: “My p***y tastes like Pepsi Cola / My eyes are wide like cherry pies”. With a start like that do I need to explain further? Yeah, that’s what I thought!
From everything I read about miss Lana, I could gather that she had some crazy teenage years; she was a bit of black sheep, having serious problems with alcohol at only 14 which resulted in her being shipped to boarding school to solve the aforementioned problems.
She admitted in an interview: "I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so fucking cool. A great deal of what I wrote on Born to Die is about these wilderness years. My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, 'I'm f***ed. I am totally f***ed'."
As expected, the cover attracted a lot of criticism from all around the web with people calling it "internalized sexism". And if you are wondering whose hand is that in the pictures (grabbing her b**b) wonder no more, Lana herself has clarified that: “Paul, the creative director, was very hands on with the shoot”. I do get the sexism part but from a pure aesthetic point a view, she does look amazing on the cover and in the spread.
In the fashion field she worked with Mulberry who designed a bag for her, the “Del Rey” bag (a Lana Del Rey’s Mulberry Bag is worth $1000). She was also signed by Next model agency.